On Friday, to celebrate the 20th birthday of ESAs Mars Express, youll have the chance to get as close as its currently possible get to a live view from Mars. Tune in to be amongst the first to see new pictures roughly every 50 seconds as theyre beamed down directly from the Visual Monitoring Camera on board ESAs long-lived and still highly productive martian orbiter.
This is an old camera, originally planned for engineering purposes, at a distance of almost three million kilometres from Earth this hasnt been tried before and to be honest, were not 100% certain itll work, explains James Godfrey, Spacecraft Operations Manager at ESAs mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
But Im pretty optimistic. Normally, we see images from Mars and know that they were taken days before. Im excited to see Mars as it is now as close to a martian now as we can possibly get!
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